The portrait of Suleiman the Magnificent, sold at a record price from the collection titled "Islamic World and Indian Arts" of the auction house Sotheby's, was donated to IMM by the buyer. Sharing the development with the public on his social media account, İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu said, “The donation of such a valuable work to Istanbul and the trust in IMM is proud. "Good for Istanbul."
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) purchased the Fatih portrait, which was bought from the National Gallery in 2020 and displayed at the Saraçhane Exhibition Hall, is returning to another Ottoman Khanate. The rare portrait of Suleiman the Magnificent, sold at Sotheby's, one of the world's leading auction houses, titled "The Islamic World and the Art of India", became IMM. The buyer of the work, who bought 350 thousand pounds, donated the portrait to IMM. The portrait is planned to be brought to Istanbul within fifteen days.
IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu explained the development on his social media account with the following statements:
“Going Home! The portrait of Suleiman the Magnificent, which was sold at a record price at the auction in England in March, was donated to IMM by the buyer. The donation of such a precious work to Istanbul and the trust in IMM is a source of pride. Good luck to Istanbul. "
From the auction on March 31, 2021, IMM includes manuscripts including the 1.200-year-old Surah Zuhruf and 1.100-year-old Maide Sura, and the 700-year-old Quran pages, Masnavi and Bahaeddin Veled's İbtidâ-Nâme. he bought. The most striking piece of the auction, which featured pieces from Anatolia and artworks related to the Ottoman Empire, was the portrait of Suleiman the Magnificent. The portrait surpassed expectations and sold at a record price, finding buyers at four times its estimated price. It is estimated that the portrait belonging to a French family since the 19th century was made by the Italian painter Cristofano Dell 'Altissimo in the 16th century.